With our business, Sierra Remote Observatories, we partner with nonprofits, education institutions, and individuals
to offer programs and experiences in support of
lifelong awe and discovery.
Gail Overstreet Stone is a writing professor, nature writer, and amateur astronomer who lives at the crossroads of art and science. She looks to both the the cosmos and to paintings for inspiration.
Geoff Stone is a systems engineer by day and astrophotographer by night. He uses both sides of his brain to produce colorful images of the universe and contribute to research projects around the world - looking for artful beauty in the heavens while building his skills in space physics.
When we moved here, the first person we met was our 85-year-old neighbor, a Swiss man we have endearingly named Grandpa Joe. He told us: "We help each other here." Through his example, we aspire to live that credo every day.
Museum of the Central Sierra
> Contributed consulting and guidance on historical, cultural, geographical and geological curriculum for K-12 school programs for Museum of the Central Sierra, to include alignment to Common Core and NextGen Standards.
> Multi-year Sponsor for the Museum's Partnership in Education Program, benefitting children in local and regional school districts. The program offers nature and science experiences to students, from kindergarten through college age.
Friends of the Auberry Library (FOAL): Astronomy Education Program
Sponsor for FOAL's popular community Astronomy Education program. Held from May to September each year, the program introduces the magic of astronomy, planets, and the cosmos through talks from experts and hands-on telescope viewing to both children and adults in our mountain community.
Giants & Stars - A Photo Adventure
To benefit Spectrum Art Gallery - home to a vital nonprofit photographic community in the Central Valley of California - we designed, developed, and implemented a full-day photography workshop for adults in two parts: Exploring the Giant Sequoia, and presenting/teaching Astrophotography basics.